In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons.
I had been curious about this movie ever since I heard that it was being filmed in Rome (<3 Rome). Then the trailer came out and my curiosity was further piqued my interest but as always, it took me a while to get around to watching this movie :P May contain spoilers ahead!
Suffice to say, I liked this movie so much, I watched it twice within the span of a week, haha. It’s a slick film that hits the floor running pretty much after the opening sequence and doesn’t waste time establishing the characters and the situation that they find themselves in. Perhaps it’s a little too quick-paced at times as some of the shifts in character (namely Ilya) happens a little too quickly, but there’s never a dull moment throughout the movie. I love how it’s set in the 1960s like the television show with all of the fashion and the colours and Rome in the background (which proves just how timeless the Eternal City is). And the cuts and the sequences in this movie is equally slick, bringing the viewers along in the action and the momentum; I especially enjyoed the use of the split screens and everything. Oh and the music is fantastic and completes the 1960s feel.
The highlight of this movie really was Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. They were awesome in their respective roles–Henry Cavill as the suave Napoleon Solo and Armie Hammer as strong and verge-of-contained Ilya Kuryakin–and together they were hilarious and even more awesome. I love how most of the movie was really about them trying to one-up each other in the spy game–how well they can do their job, how well they track each other, the gadgets they have at their disposal–and telling each other how to do their job, and even on non-spy matters (debating over women’s clothes early on in the film was hilarious! Ilya surprisingly knows a thing or two about women’s fashion–apparently a nod to later in the classic series). They try to do things alone and in their own way, but of course over time they develop a kind of camraderie with each other that is especially helpful when they go after the Vinciguerra (haha, I see what you did with the name 😛 ). Their final confrontation at the end of the movie just goes to show how far along they’ve gone since the first ten minutes of the movie.
Oh, I should also mention: Napoleon Solo is like, the biggest troll, lol, from sitting back and having a delicious sandwich whilst Ilya was being pursued by the guards to stepping in right at a very close moment between Ilya and Alicia Vikander’s Gabby (!!!).
The rest of the cast was excellent, from Alicia Vikander as Gabriella Teller (gosh was she awesome!) to Elizabeth Debicki’s Victoria (who was pretty straightforward as the villain but my gosh was she magnificant in embracing that role, lol. And how stylish she was while she was at it!). I wish Hugh Grant has more screentime as Waverly but my goodness was he the second biggest troll in the movie, lol, pretty much stepping in only at a crucial moment (but always in fine form, saying please and thanking them in advance while they were at it, haha); his first actual debrief with Solo and Kuryakin on the helicopter was fantastic.
I may have only watched it twice, but my brother and I are already reciting lines from The Man from U.N.C.L.E. like we’ve seen it a bajillion times over 😛 The plot may be generic/predictable/whathaveyou but it was so much fun to watch, I had a good time. It was slick, it was hilarious, the cast was fantastic. Yeah, I highly recommend this movie if you’re looking for something fun and action-packed to watch.